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What To Do After a Mesothelioma Diagnosis

Receiving the terrible news from your doctor that you have mesothelioma is something many people dread. This is perfectly understandable since mesothelioma is a type of asbestos cancer where there is no known cure. It’s considered an asbestos cancer since people who have been directly, or secondarily, exposed to asbestos at work, at home, or elsewhere have been diagnosed with the deadly cancer.

Speak to a Mesothelioma Lawyer Today

If you or a loved one was diagnosed with mesothelioma, your next step should be to contact an asbestos cancer lawyer. Specifically, you should contact an attorney who has experience actually litigating these types of cases. The attorneys at Shapiro & Appleton possess extensive experience holding large corporations accountable for their careless and reckless actions that allowed people to be exposed to toxic chemicals and asbestos that resulted in a mesothelioma diagnosis.

Use of Asbestos in Talc Baby Power

Talcum powder used in many popular health and beauty products such as Johnson & Johnson baby powder and Shower-to-Shower gel, often came from the same mines that supplied asbestos to companies fireproofing and insulation. Companies have claimed that all their talcum powders come from asbestos-free sources. However, attorneys in several recent dangerous product cases have asserted that asbestos remains in various talc powder products and the evidence appears to support these claims. For example, a jury in New Jersey in early April 2018 awarded a married couple $117 million in compensatory and punitive damages in their lawsuit against talcum baby powder product manufacturer Johnson & Johnson and its supplier of talc.  The jury apportioned 70 percent of the award to Johnson & Johnson, and 30 percent to co-defendant Imerys Talc America, which mined talc that was used by J & J in baby powder. The compensatory damages were awarded to Stephen Lanzo III and his wife, Kendra Lanzo  representing the jurors’ decision that Johnson & Johnson failed to warn the 47-year-old man about mesothelioma-causing asbestos in the personal care baby powder products he had used throughout most of his adult life.  

Use of Asbestos by Big Railroads 

Evidence has surfaced that many major railroads were aware of the health hazards associated with asbestos decades ago and did nothing to improve the conditions for their workers. In fact, the railroads discovered – way back in the 1930s – that asbestos could cause permanent, disabling lung diseases. It wasn’t until the 1990s that many railroads decided to remove asbestos from diesel freight locomotive engines and other railroad parts. This disregard for rail employee safety is why there have been so many mesothelioma lawsuits filed over the past few years. Asbestos cancer does not immediately appear after breathing in asbestos fibers so some workers who breathed in asbestos years ago are just now discovering the horrific ramifications.

{Click here to learn about the connection between asbestos exposure at railroads and deadly mesothelioma cancer from Virginia lawyers}

Our railroad asbestos cancer lawyers are committed to helping rail workers who are now struggling with mesothelioma who were exposed to asbestos at work. We’ve handled numerous asbestos cancer lawsuits and have had success in both settling the claims and advocating in front of juries.

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